Police puzzled by random stabbing of teenager in Vienna

A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed near his home in the Vienna district of Liesing on Friday morning by a complete stranger has spoken to the police.

Police puzzled by random stabbing of teenager in Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

He told officers that he had fought the masked man, who stabbed him six times in the upper body, and had managed to knock him to the ground but that the assailant was then able to run off.

The boy, a Swiss national, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said that after speaking to him and his relatives and friends they still had no idea why he had been attacked.

The teenager told police that he left home to go to work at around 6am, and that he had the feeling he was being followed. He said that as he turned a corner he looked back and saw a man masked with a scarf and hood behind him, who then began to attack him with a knife.

He tried to defend himself but was stabbed in the chest and arms. After his attacker fled, the boy dragged himself back to the council flat where he lives with his parents, and collapsed in the hallway. His brother found him and his family immediately called an ambulance.



Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Austria said Friday that it was investigating a report that an Austrian company developed spyware targeting law firms, banks and consultancies in at least three countries.

Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Microsoft’s security team earlier this week said it found that a malware called Subzero — developed by Vienna-based company DSIRF — was deployed in 2021 and 2022.

“Observed victims to date include law firms, banks and strategic consultancies in countries such as Austria, the United Kingdom and Panama,” it wrote in a blog entry on Wednesday.

Austria’s interior ministry said it had not received reports of any incidents.

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“Of course, (intelligence agency) DSN checks the allegations. So far, there is no proof of the use of spy software from the company mentioned,” it said in a statement.

Austria’s Kurier newspaper cited DSIRF as saying that Subzero had not been misused and “was developed exclusively for use by authorities in EU states” and was not commercially available.

DSIRF did not immediately return a request for comment from AFP.

Austria’s interior ministry said it knew of the company but “has not had any business relationships” with it.

Last year several media outlets reported that governments around the world, including in the EU, had used Pegasus spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to spy on opponents.

Budapest and Warsaw responded that the use of Pegasus was for legitimate national security reasons.